PS Newsletter Vol. 6, No. 1 Fall 1999

Master of Arts in International Studies

The Master of Arts in International Studies is entering its third year. It has been experiencing a steady increase in the number of graduate students, with more than twenty students enrolled in the program this fall. Better still, it awarded its first MA this past summer to a student with a specialty in community health. The incoming students seem primarily interested in concen- trations in political science and in business, and some non-political science students have expressed interest in Political Science's offerings. Many of the new students are recent graduates of ECU, often with a political science major.

To meet student demand, the international relations and comparative faculty have structured a set of courses appropriate to the concentration. To gain technical proficiency, students will be encouraged to take courses currently taught by the MPA faculty, such as environmental policy, human resource


management, and courses on statistics and methods. Dr. Simon is currently preparing a graduate course on American foreign relations, which he plans to offer in the spring. A number of other courses, such as theories of international relations, political modernization and the non-western world, are also under development for future use, so that we can vary subject matter according to student demand. The linking of applied and theoretical materials can be seen in a recent e-mail from an MA graduate who is currently attending Wake Forest Medical School. "Each week, we are presented with fictional patient cases, and we have to diagnose their disorders by the end of the week. This week's patient was a migrant worker from Mexico who was suffering from heart problems. She was also an illegal immigrant and several issues arose relating to her ability to seek treatment and pay... right up my alley! Just thought I would pass that on, so you can further promote the relevance of students' theses research to their future endeavors."

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Lester Zeager
MAIS Program Director


Dr. John Williams
MAIS Program Coordinator

Model United Nations

Dr. Conradt and Dr. Williams have students in POLS 4380 and in the East Carolina International Relations Organization (ECIRO) preparing for ECU's second High School Model United Nations. With intern and ECIRO president Dan Strechay assisting, an orientation for interested high school teachers was held September 9. The High School Model UN itself will be held December 3 and 4. The program this year includes meetings of the General Assembly, Security Council, and Economic and Social Council, where students will be dealing with issues as diverse as global warming, the conflict between India and Pakistan, and U.S. debt to the UN. As a special addition, a small group of high school students will be participating in a War Crimes Tribunal for Bosnia and Kosovo. We hope to build on last year's success, and have already exceeded last year's number of committed schools and the number of students expected. ECIRO is also gearing up to send its members to collegiate Model UN's in North Carolina and to Georgetown University this fall.

Political Science Department
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Contact: Rick Kearney